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Chattanooga, Tennessee Education and City Information

Chattanooga is a large city with several universities, colleges and specialty schools within easy commuting distance. Get details on its population, industries and school options below.

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About Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is the county seat for Hamilton County in the southeast corner of the state. Its population is 173,778 residents, according to 2014 U.S. Census estimates. About 58% of residents are white, nearly 35% are African American and 5.5% are Hispanic, based on 2010 census data. Residents had a median household income of $39,683 from 2010 to 2014, which is lower than the state median of $44,621 for that same period.

Tennessee's RiverPark features ten miles of walkway that passes through downtown Chattanooga, the historic art district and several parks. Residents and visitors can check out the Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls or Lookout Mountain, home to Civil War history.

Outdoor activities are within easy reach and include bass fishing, caving or hiking in the Smoky Mountains. The climate in Chattanooga is seasonal. Winter temperatures can dip below freezing and summers are very warm, with an average July high temperature of 90 degrees.

Educational Opportunities

Chattanooga has nearly a dozen colleges and universities, including specialty or career-focused institutes. Among public and private non-profit schools, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is one of the largest, with 11,670 students enrolled as of Fall 2014. This university has bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in numerous areas and is ranked 58th among regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Chattanooga State Community College has certificate and associate's degree programs in several different divisions for its approximately 9,300 students. Divisions include health professions, public administration and social service professions, engineering technology and business.

Other schools include Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, Covenant College in nearby Lookout Mountain and Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, which is about 15 miles away.

Industry and Employment

The main industries supplying employment, as of 2012 census data, were health care and social assistance, manufacturing, retail trade, and administrative and support and waste management and remediation services. Major employers include the Hamilton County Department of Education, BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and McKee Foods Corporation.

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